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Director:
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Radley Metzger (screenplay)
John Willard (play)
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Release Date:
1979 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
For God's sake, stay in your rooms and lock the doors!
Plot:
A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Radley Metzger 
 
Writing credits
Radley Metzger (screenplay)

John Willard (play)

Produced by
Ray Corbett .... associate producer
Richard Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Cagan 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
Roger Harrison 
 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
 
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
Anthony Pratt 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Hillman .... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson .... makeup artist (as Tommy Manderson)
Sarah Monzani .... hairdresser
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Bilgorri .... second assistant director
Alan Carpenter .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Derek Creedon .... property man
Dennis Maddison .... production buyer
Tony Neale .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Anthony Sloman .... dubbing editor
David Sutton .... sound assistant
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Clive Winter .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Clark .... electrical supervisor
Frank Connor .... stills
Mike Fox .... camera operator (as Michael David Fox)
John Golding .... focus
Martin Hume .... clapper/loader
Nick Pearson .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorna Hillyard .... wardrobe
Monica Howe .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Allen Burry .... publicist
Tamasin Day-Lewis .... assistant to director
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Jane Oscroft .... production secretary
Raymond Rohauer .... by arrangement with
 

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98 min | Germany:89 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (1979) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: re-edited with additional material) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG

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Wilfrid Hyde-White filmed his lengthy cameo in a day.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Hendricks is shot fatally three times by Paul, he is still breathing.See more »
Quotes:
Paul Jones:No one is more sincere than a greedy cousin. That's Paul Jones' theory of relativity.See more »
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References The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)See more »

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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Nice Cast, But They Talk Too Much, 5 March 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This had nice British cast and a remake of an old film that had been remade several times after the original silent production.

Just look at the names: Edward Fox, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey, Carol Lynly, Daniel Massey, Wilfrid Hyde White, Honor Blackman, Michael Callan - maybe not huge names, but all fine actors.

This adaptation was too talky for me, especially for a murder story. It starts off promising in the first half hour but really peters out with all the gab and not nearly enough suspense or action. It looked like a modern English TV drama with a little profanity added. I was disappointed to see two very pretty faces of the 1960s, Lynley and Blackman, not look very good on the facial closeups. All the makeup they had on looked almost grotesque.

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